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Evenflo child car seat recall

Evenflo, the maker of convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats, announced a massive recall Monday. Evenflo says a harness crotch buckle on a number of their models manufactured between 2011 and 2014 may become resistant to unlatching over time. That could make it difficult to remove a child from the vehicle.

Pence and Pelath weigh in on legislative session

Governor Mike Pence says this year's Indiana General Assembly passed bills that will bring real progress on jobs, roads and schools. Shortly after the close of the session Pence thanked lawmakers for their efforts to provide tax relief to Hoosier businesses, while giving local communities options. House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath says the business personal property tax bill helps corporate interests, and not Hoosiers. read more

Wind fans flames that destroy Henderson home

Fire destroys a house on Henderson's South Main Street. Strong, gusty winds helped the flames spread through the wood and stone structure in the 1600 block Friday afternoon. The fire burned for several hours. Nobody was hurt. No one was at home when the blaze was reported by neighbors.  

Aurora head to leave job at end of year

The woman at the top of Aurora will be stepping down at the end of this year. Luzada Hayes has spent 15-years as executive director, and is assuring those who partner with Aurora that its work to eliminate homelessness will continue. Hayes also says it will continue to need support from the community. Aurora operates as an independent entity funded by federal, state and local resources, corporate and private donors, fundraisers and special events. The Aurora board's plans to launch a search in June for Hayes successor.

Holiday World part-owner buys Alabama park

A minority owner of Holiday World and Splashin' Safari buys a water park in Bessemer, Alabama. Attorney Dan Koch bought Splash Adventure from General Attractions, and will also own part of the land that surrounds the park. Splash Adventure was called VisionLand when it opened in 1998. Holiday World is not associated with the sale.

Child Seat Recall

Graco Children's Products has added more than 403,000 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still wants Graco to add 1.8 million infant seats to the recall because they have the same buckles. Buckles can get gummed up by food and drinks, making it difficult to remove children. In some cases parents have had to cut harnesses to get their children out.

Decision on making up the last EVSC snow day

The final EVSC snow make up day is decided, and it will again utilize the flexibility the Department of Education has given schools. The most recent snow day was March 3, and to make it up, the school day will again be extended by one hour for six consecutive days, from March 31-April 7. Principals agreed that this method of making up one day offers the best use of instructional time and educational benefit to students. read more

New challenge to Indiana's gay marriage ban

Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages faces a new challenge, in a lawsuit filed by a national gay rights group. Lambda Legal is representing three lesbian couples from Whitestown, Chesterton and Munster Indiana. The suit argues the couples' equal protection rights are being violated, because they can't marry in Indiana and the state won't recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. A similar lawsuit was filed last week by four couples in southern Indiana. read more

New EMA deputy director

There's a new second in command at Vanderburgh County's Emergency Management Agency. Chad Woodburn is an Air Force and Marine Corps veteran, former state trooper and fire investigator for Homeland Security. During his career he's assisted in the aftermath of two tornadoes in the Evansville area, and Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi. Woodburn will serve as deputy director, to Executive Director Cliff Weaver, who says Woodburn's training, experience, and education make him a great resource. Monday was his first day on the job.

Kirby gets 20 years

A Hopkins County woman is sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of her step-son. A jury found 24-year-old Kelley Kirby of Earlington guilty last month of both manslaughter and criminal abuse in the death of 4 year old Cayden Kirby. The judge also decided there will be no probation for her, and she and her lawyer said they will not appeal the court's decision.